Apple Releases New COVID-19 App and Website Based on CDC Guidelines
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Apple has recently unveiled a new set of digital resources to help people stay informed and get the support they need amidst the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. In collaboration with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the White House, the tech giant’s new COVID-19 app and website provides trusted information and guidance for people residing in the United States.
Both platforms ask a series of questions around risk factors, recent exposure and symptoms. After providing their answers, users will receive CDC recommendations on the next steps including “guidance on social distancing and self-isolating, how to closely monitor symptoms, whether or not a test is recommended at this time, and when to contact a medical provider.” In addition, people who download the app or browse through the website will acquire answers to frequently asked questions about the virus, as well as “learn the most up-to-date information from the CDC like best practices for washing hands, disinfecting surfaces and monitoring symptoms.”
Anyone in the U.S. over 18 years old can access the screening tool by downloading the COVID-19 app via the App Store or by visiting Apple’s website. In related news, LVMH and Apple have donated millions of medical masks to healthcare workers.